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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Justin George Turner Papers
    Creator: Turner, Justin G.
    Identifier/Call Number: mssTurnerj
    Physical Description: 0.84 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1969
    Abstract: This small collection of Lincolniana collector Justin George Turner (1898-1976) chiefly relates to the Civil War Centennial Commission and all of its related activities especially in California.
    Language of Material: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Justin George Turner papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Justin George Turner, December 1969 and July 1974.

    Biographical Note

    Justin George Turner (1898-1976), attorney, investment executive, historian, author, and collector of Lincolniana. Turner moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1943. He was involved in many educational and historical institutions and associations. In 1961-1965, he was president of the California Civil War Centennial Commission. He was also president emeritus of the University of Judaism. He co-authored a book entitled Mary Todd Lincoln: Her life and letters.

    Scope and Content

    This small collection chiefly relates to the Civil War Centennial Commission and all of its related activities especially in California. There are also pieces related to the Civil War Round Table, a national organization; the California Heritage Preservation Association; the Confederate Research Club; and the Pen Club, an organization headed by Allan Nevins and which celebrated both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with annual luncheons attended by prominent historians such as Nevins and Ray Billington. There are seven letters from Edmund Gerald Brown, former governor of California, addressed to Justin Turner and other letters from historians. All are related to the Civil War Centennial. There are 624 letters of which 339 of these letters are written by Turner. In addition to this there is a group of form letters, printed announcements, memos, and drafts that number 217 pieces. There are 23 copies of speeches and memos and 56 pieces of ephemera. There are nine items regarding the Washington/Lincoln luncheons. There are several items that pertain to the history of Jewish people in the United States and the American Jewish Historical Society. Prominent participants include: Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Gage Merrell, Bruce Catton, and Moshe Davis. The subjects include: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, the Civil War, American history, the Huntington Library and the American Jewish Historical Society. The great majority of letters are carbon copies. There is a photograph of Merrell Gage, sculpture famous for his "Face of Lincoln," and a photograph of William L. Shaw, a chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission of California.


    The papers are organized in the following 2 series: 1. Letters and other papers written by Justin G. Turner; and 2. Letters by authors other than Turner, photographs, and ephemera.


    Former call number: mssTurner, Justin papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Historians -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives
    Jews -- United States -- History
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Professional papers -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996
    Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978, recipient.
    Davis, Moshe.
    Gage, Merrell, 1892-1981
    Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968, recipient.
    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
    Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
    Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971, recipient.
    Reagan, Ronald, recipient.
    Washington, George, 1732-1799
    American Jewish Historical Society.
    California Civil War Centennial Commission -- Archives
    California Heritage Preservation Association
    Civil War Round Table (Chicago, Ill.)
    Confederate Research Club.
    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
    United States. Civil War Centennial Commission.